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JavaScript - Generating a unique serial number

The following sample illustrates how to generate a unique serial number for a document. This uses a hash function which is generally useful for JavaScript hackers.

Developer   February 10, 2000

JavaScript - Dynamic updates with comboboxes

Here is an example of changing a second combobox in response to a first combobox's selection change.

Developer   February 10, 2000

JavaScript - Binding a variable to the field on a page

How to get a script to bind a variable to the field on that page only, when you don't know the exact field name in advance.

Developer   February 08, 2000

UNICODE to ANSI converter

A VB procedure for converting UNICODE to ANSI submitted by Roy from Brook House Publishing.

Developer   February 01, 2000

JavaScript - spawnPageFromTemplate method for templates

An example that proves templates are possible. It uses the JavaScript spawnPageFromTemplate method.

Developer   January 22, 2000

JavaScript - Displaying an alert dialog on the screen

Enables you to display an alert dialog on the screen. The minimum required parameter is a string containing the message to be displayed. Optionally, an icon type can be specified by using the nIcon parameter. This example uses a button group type.

Developer   January 20, 2000

JavaScript - Using Arrays

This code shows mathematical calculations, show and hide of fields, and alerts. Carl Orthlieb has lent a hand to clean it up.

Developer   January 19, 2000

JavaScript - How to display a popup menu

The following sample illustrates how to display a popup-menu. This uses the app.PopUpMenu method.

Developer   January 19, 2000

IAC - Printing every PDF in a folder

This method prints all of the PDFs in the folder.

Developer   December 16, 1999

Digital Publication Design - PDFs Improve the Creative Process

C. Scott Miller

Over the last dozen years, the explosive use of computer graphics has greatly expanded, speeded up, and improved the creative process. It has also cemented our reliance on telecommunications devices to quickly transfer proofs and files. In his latest article Scott Miller explores the use of PDF in content sharing, proofing, workgroups, prepress and more.

Enterprise & Government   December 15, 1999

JavaScript - setFocus Method for tabbing to next form field

This sample uses the setFocus method for the form field to tab to the next field if the character limit for the field is reached.

Developer   December 13, 1999

PDF Web Capture - Creating a Millennium Family Tree

C. Scott Miller

Looking for a good use of the Web Capture feature of Adobe Acrobat 4.0? Scott Miller explores its use and how it has been useful for tracing his family roots and building a family tree.

Enterprise & Government   December 02, 1999

Making portable documents accessible

Kurt Foss

For some users, key attributes of PDF -- i.e. the ability to preserve complex layouts and use high-quality graphics -- may in fact be barriers to communication. Adobe Systems has been working for years to improve the accessibility of PDF-based information for the visually disabled. Recent updates to Access Adobe, its accessibility-oriented Web site, describe a range of current solutions -- including a new PDF Forms demo -- and outline the company's future plans.

Enterprise & Government   November 23, 1999

Filling PDF Forms

Aandi Inston

What can you do when you want to fill out forms on your computer or online? Aandi explores this and the options you have available.

Enterprise & Government   November 22, 1999

PDF - Remembering the first time

Kurt Foss

It's hard to forget the first time. For each of us the experience was unique and one most of us cherish. Planet PDF's Editor, Kurt Foss, reminisces on his first time with PDF and how it all began with Acrobat v. 1.0. Kurt shares his thoughts and knowledge on the world of PDF technology.

Enterprise & Government   November 04, 1999

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